Jan 25, 2007 — More than 150 Yeshiva University alumni and friends joined together at the Hazvi Yisrael (Hovevei Tzion) synagogue in Jerusalem for a Kollel Yom Rishon and Midreshet Yom Rishon night of learning in January.
YU President Richard M. Joel, who was visiting Israel, provided introductory remarks. President Joel explained that the Kollel/Midreshet Yom Rishon model has proven to be so popular that communities outside of New York are inquiring about starting similar programs.
The Jerusalem evening was initiated by the Center for the Jewish Future in order to attract visitors to Israel during January’s Yeshiva Break, with the hope that Israeli alumni and friends would be able to participate.
Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Mayer Twersky discussed “Insights into Tefilah: Defining our Relationship with Hashem.” RIETS Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh spoke about “Kedushat Eretz Yisrael.” Rebbetzin Smadar Rosensweig who, beginning in September 2007, will be a full time faculty member of Stern College for Women, spoke about “From the Depths of Shechem to the Glory of Geula: The Remarkable Ascension of Shevit Levi.” These shiurim are now available to all on the YUTorah.org web site.